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Poster: rastamon Date: May 16, 2009 6:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just saw The Dead at Shoreline.

in spite of Warrens/Phils vocals(haha), The grate guitar playing made up for anything lacking in that department. We got there around 4pm and jumped in line(only 20-30people)to the right of the box office. A VERY mellow scene, though I missed the deadlot fun to insure a good lawn area to sit. Rented a lowboy chair ($5, then a buck back upon returning it).
We were right behind the 101 wheelchair section, looking at all the interesting people goin to & fro in the aisle below.
There was a guy standing along the cable fence dressed in a white cooks uniform with the cooks hat and all, he played some little hand held high-hats(?)very well, i might add. During the course of the show, someone was walking the aisle below throwing rolled fatties up to the lawn areas-and very good quality.
They opened with Jack Straw(which i had called an hour earlier-lucky guess)then went into USBlues. Good warmup music. Then they got into Masons Children that even Cliff would have loved...well played, with some incredible jamming - the boys were on the way, and the train was rollin!!
They sounded much better & tighter than 2004 when I last saw them (6/26). I heard some incredible intricate jamming thursday night, imo, the band was "on" and the crowd loved it! This is the best incarnation since Jerry died.
I did'nt even consider walking out early, the Dew was good, though no one can beat jerry's guitar cresendo's in that song. The Scarlet > FOTM, excellent with a laid back looping Deal, which built up to a fine climax, maybe setting a new course record on the number of last verse's, I'll have to check that out-haha.
The boys put on a fine well jammed show, it was an honor to see them together, perhaps for the last time, playing so well! Well worth the $41 I paid.

Highlights: Masons Children, SOTM >> SOTM, the whole second set, Drumz was a visual TRIP with the firedancers, not sure, but i think Molo joined in with the Rhythm Devils...someone here missed a top ten China>IKYR, as good as I've ever heard(without Jerry). And the grate encore.

The show is seeding at bt.etree.org, hope it shows up here.



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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: May 16, 2009 6:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just saw The Dead at Shoreline.

Hey Rasta, sounds like a well spent 41 bucks to me. Glad the show was good. I'm kinda hopin' that the Dead don't hang it up after this go round. Like Bobby hinted in the Nassau Vid at Dead.net they best way to stay good may be to keep touring.

http://www.dead.net/video09/

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Poster: rastamon Date: May 16, 2009 6:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just saw The Dead at Shoreline.

it felt like home. Even the redhead usher lady with all the beads...i swear I've seen her for 2 decades there.
There is NOTHING like the ambiance of a good Dead show!
I failed to mention the keyboards *WOW!*

though beer prices sucked, $10-12....for, i think, a 20oz cup-
I did buy a Fat Tire Ale, he filled it to THE brim, no foam. Had to drink a bit on the counter(from the cup-haha)to even pick it up. One guy was whinning about the extra $6 charge-included on the ticket-for parking. Muttering something about class-action lawsuit...think he left during MorningDew.

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Poster: BVD Date: May 16, 2009 9:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just saw The Dead at Shoreline.

I was on the lawn with my 11 yr.old son. People kept asking if he was my grandson. NO!! I was 44 when he came along. Anyway we had a great time. Paid 50 bucks a ticket and it was worth every penny. I been seein' these guys a long time and was thrilled to be able to pass the torch. He actually recognized US Blues before I did! The sound at Shoreline is perfect. I saw The Dead there in like 92 or 93 and it was an off nite for them but the sound blew me away. To hear New Potato>Born Cross Eyed was worth the price of admission. SOTM>Terrapin>SOTM they pulled it off beautifully. Hunter/Garcia wrote these songs for The Grateful Dead. These guys can play any fucking song they want!!.

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: May 16, 2009 9:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just saw The Dead at Shoreline.

Glad you guys had fun!!

Yeah that guy Jeff sure can play, not overpowering when I saw them at Nassau but knew exactly when and where to crank it a little and shine - he is a fantastic part of this line up.

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Poster: barongsong Date: May 16, 2009 12:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just saw The Dead at Shoreline.

I agree of the stuff I've heard the most impressive for me has been JC. That said, I've enjoyed the music I've heard and think they should do whatever songs they want to. However I have not heard that x factor yet although I think it could be possible with this line up. My problem is that so far I haven't heard anything that seems to be going off the rails musically and is somehow pulled back from the brink like we used to hear. Where is the danger? I guess what I'm trying to get at is that what I've heard so far is really nice jamming but I'm still waiting for them to go Further into the music. I am however after hearing this stuff very hopeful they'll get there.

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: May 17, 2009 6:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just saw The Dead at Shoreline.

Yeah, a few more tours and once Warren and Jeff start getting real comfy I think they would get closer to the boundaries.

I would definitely go see this lineup again.

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Poster: cosmic charlie dupree Date: May 16, 2009 10:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just saw The Dead at Shoreline.

Rasta - I was waiting to hear how you liked it.... glad you thoroughly enjoyed it (as did I on 5/10). I definitely felt the energy/vibe and enjoyed fantastic musicianship all night. Let's hope it's not the last chance we get, eh?

Good luck at B to Breakers tomorrow - sounds like you are a ringleader, so should be a blast!

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Poster: rastamon Date: May 31, 2009 6:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just saw The Dead at Shoreline.

again, this year, first place in the Rasta division, twas a fine sunny day in the city!! I was rather slow, could only manage 10min/mi average. The 12K came to 1:14:35 (the watch stops during my brief rasta breakz)

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